Braided rugs add a beautiful, warm accent to any room. From hand-braided treasures passed down through generations to artisan creations, the braided rug has a special place in the home. To keep your braided rug looking its best, a little proper care and cleaning may be needed. ServiceMaster Clean’s
experts have a few tips for how to clean a braided rug safely.
How to Clean Braided Rugs: Basic Care
Braided rugs fall into two categories: hand-crafted rugs/heirloom creations and newer, machine made braided or rope-style rugs. Hand-braided and heirloom rugs require gentler handling and care. You may consider only using these rugs in areas that are used infrequently to help keep the rug looking great. Vacuum it regularly, at least once a week to remove dust, soil and pet hair. Vacuum both sides of the rug and use the upholstery attachment to hand-vacuum it or vacuum with the beater bar set to the highest level to avoid pulling on the fabric fibers and creating any damage.
Newer, machine-made braided rugs generally are designed to be more durable. These often are recommended and used in higher traffic areas such as entryways, in front of a bed and as a comfortable area rug in front of a kitchen work area. Like their hand-crafted cousins, machine-made braided rugs also need to be vacuumed regularly to maintain their good looks. Vacuum both sides with the vacuum's upholstery attachment or with the regular vacuum head.
Braided Rug Cleaning: Solvent or Water?
There are few things to remember before beginning any braided rug cleaning chore. Depending on the rug, it may be washable. If it's a machine-made rug and its care tag says machine washable, go ahead and toss it in the washer following the care instructions. A hand-braided rug made from cotton also might be machine washable but this is not advised unless you know for certain that this won't damage the rug.
Braided rugs made from silk fabrics should not be washed with water as water leaves stains on silk. Opt for cleaning by a rug professional to ensure your silk braided rug is treated properly. Some braided rugs may cleaned with a dry-cleaning solvent, available at most hardware stores and home improvement centers. Again, for machine-made rug, look to the care tag to determine if the rug should be solvent cleaned or machine washed.
Braided Rugs: Stain Removal
Cleaning braided rugs often means stain removal. Treat your braided rug like any other carpeting and always remove the solids and then blot as much of the liquid away with a clean rag. Cotton responds well to mild liquid dish soap mixed with lukewarm water. Silk rugs are a bit trickier. A 1:1 ratio of water and hydrogen peroxide dropped on the stain with an eye dropper may help lighten the stain. Don't rub the stain, only blot to avoid damaging the fibers. Common stain removers like vinegar and lemon juice may cause the dyes of the braided rug to run and/or fade. Always test an inconspicuous area before trying any type of stain remover on your rug.
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